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Ratcliffe don't know Pittsburgh

While scanning the latest fracking news from the UK, I came across these ridiculous quotes in a BBC News story from Britain’s richest man, multi-billionaire Jim Ratcliffe:

"I feel really strongly that the northern economy is really important to the UK, and fracking has been so successful in America - it's transformed places like Pittsburgh.“

Hey Mr. Ratcliffe, I got news for you, Pittsburgh BANNED FRACKING many years ago! Then you get yourself in deeper with this slap at the UK:

“The government was listening to "a very vocal, but a miniscule, minority of people, and I think there's a high degree of ignorance".

I have great respect for the campaigners in the UK, who don’t just go to an afternoon march or demonstration, they actually camp-out across from drilling sites for weeks at a time. And as far as ignorance, there has been more of that at the government levels where fracking has been promoted.

Then there was this sentence that sounds like it came from the oil and gas industry playbook:

"We've got towns in England which are not the happiest of places at the moment, so it makes me cross when people don't look at the science."

People have looked very closely at the science, and much of it is listed in this Compendium of Scientific, Medical, and Media Findings Demonstrating Risks and Harms of Fracking which includes scores of peer-reviewed studies. The US states and nations who have looked at the science banned fracking.

Site of the Revolution Pipeline explosion just north of Pittsburgh, 6 months ago. There have been other local pipeline explosions as well. All the pipeline construction has fragmented forests, while ones like the Mariner East pipeline, that ship gas liquids to the US east coast for INEOS, is under criminal investigation.

Site of the Revolution Pipeline explosion just north of Pittsburgh, 6 months ago. There have been other local pipeline explosions as well. All the pipeline construction has fragmented forests, while ones like the Mariner East pipeline, that ship gas liquids to the US east coast for INEOS, is under criminal investigation.

Finally, let’s talk about my county in Pennsylvania where the Marcellus shale was first fracked 15 years ago, as well as three other surrounding counties. There are now cancer clusters, especially among the youth, from a rare cancer known as Ewing sarcoma. Some have died. Video: Ewing sarcoma update

While that cancer is considered extremely rare, with about 200 cases across the US annually, our four counties in southwestern Pennsylvania have already documented 27 cases over the past ten years. Statistically, that number should be just 7 or 8. There are other cancers showing up in school aged youth around fracking as well.

PITS AROUND PITTSBURGH - Why would anyone blight the lovely English countryside with these plastic-lined, toxic wastewater impoundments. Industry’s biggest challenge is getting rid of the toxic mix that flows back from the shale — over 1-million gallons per well, which is 3.7 million liters.  VIDEO

PITS AROUND PITTSBURGH - Why would anyone blight the lovely English countryside with these plastic-lined, toxic wastewater impoundments. Industry’s biggest challenge is getting rid of the toxic mix that flows back from the shale — over 1-million gallons per well, which is 3.7 million liters. VIDEO

Most people in our area believe these cancers in our youth are due to our 15 year old shale fracking industry, which uses dozens of carcinogenic chemicals. Many frac chemicals are endocrine disruptors in those frac fluid blends — a large percentage of them being secret for “proprietary” reasons.

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Add to that what comes back from the deep, black, radioactive shale; radium (Ra226 & Ra228), heavy metals, and brine many times saltier than ocean water. They were dumping it in Pittsburgh rivers on a large scale, ten years ago!

This Yeager Impoundment was mentioned in the new book ‘AMITY AND PROSPERITY’

This Yeager Impoundment was mentioned in the new book ‘AMITY AND PROSPERITY’

The ongoing buildout of well pads, pipelines and processing plants in our Pittsburgh area, part of which fuels your INEOS crackers, is destroying our region’s air, water and health. Please, save your rhetoric for those with a “high degree of ignorance” as you call it. And to further educate yourself on fracking in the Pittsburgh area, please read the new book “Amity and Prosperity - One family and the fracturing of America”.

October 2, 2013 - The Houston, Pennsylvania MarkWest gas plant during another one of its major air pollution events, while trying to get their de-ethanizer working properly. Fines were eventually imposed on this plant and others. This huge cryogenic plant is 3 miles upwind from the Canon MacMillan high school where a large number of cancers have appeared over the past 10 years.  VIDEO

October 2, 2013 - The Houston, Pennsylvania MarkWest gas plant during another one of its major air pollution events, while trying to get their de-ethanizer working properly. Fines were eventually imposed on this plant and others. This huge cryogenic plant is 3 miles upwind from the Canon MacMillan high school where a large number of cancers have appeared over the past 10 years. VIDEO

This 2015 map of compressor stations and gas processing facilities shows how much shale gas air pollution has been added to the drilled and fracked regions of Pennsylvania. Washington County alone has seen the unbridled development of over 50 new air polluting facilities, with no end in sight. Western Pennsylvania continues to have failing air quality, an ongoing problem from years past.

This 2015 map of compressor stations and gas processing facilities shows how much shale gas air pollution has been added to the drilled and fracked regions of Pennsylvania. Washington County alone has seen the unbridled development of over 50 new air polluting facilities, with no end in sight. Western Pennsylvania continues to have failing air quality, an ongoing problem from years past.

Pittsburgh and the Ohio River Valley suffer from ongoing air pollution problems, with Pittsburgh recently receiving an “F” (failing grade). A second cracker plant is under final consideration for the area just south of Wheeling, West Virginia, seen in the photo above. The hills and valleys of the Wheeling / Pittsburgh tri-state area trap air pollution.

Pittsburgh and the Ohio River Valley suffer from ongoing air pollution problems, with Pittsburgh recently receiving an “F” (failing grade). A second cracker plant is under final consideration for the area just south of Wheeling, West Virginia, seen in the photo above. The hills and valleys of the Wheeling / Pittsburgh tri-state area trap air pollution.

And a history lesson for you as well, Pittsburgh had already recovered from the demise of the steel industry before fracking came to town. But as former Steelers coach Chuck Noll used to say,

“Don’t let facts get in the way of a good story.”

The Shell cracker plant in Monaca, Pennsylvania is set to begin plastic production in early 2020, cracking ethane from gas wells in the tri-state region of eastern Ohio, northern West Virginia and western Pennsylvania. The pollution created by this new facility will completely offset the ambitious renewable energy goals set by the City of Pittsburgh to combat climate change.

The Shell cracker plant in Monaca, Pennsylvania is set to begin plastic production in early 2020, cracking ethane from gas wells in the tri-state region of eastern Ohio, northern West Virginia and western Pennsylvania. The pollution created by this new facility will completely offset the ambitious renewable energy goals set by the City of Pittsburgh to combat climate change.

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